Yarn Crush review and a giveaway!

I’ve tried several monthly subscription boxes, but never a yarn-related one. Last month the folks at Yarn Crush asked if I would review one of their subscription boxes and I jumped at the chance.yarn crushYarn Crush focuses on using yarn from indie dyers and they pair them with patterns that would go beautifully with the yarn. I think this is a gorgeous pairing in December’s box. yarn crush-2The yarn is from Yarn Indulgences and it’s a Zed Luxe Sock base in the color Paisley. The fiber content is 70% Merino Wool, 20% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon. It seems to feel very similar to one of my favorite sock yarns, Anzula Squishy, with a bit more cashmere. I want to bathe in this yarn. Is that possible?

The clutch pattern is adorable and this kit includes all of the necessary elements, save a little bit of fabric to line the clutch if desired. As much as I do think the pattern is adorable, I probably won’t be pairing this yarn with it because I love the yarn too much and want to wear it next to my skin. This yarn will likely become a small shawl or a most treasured pair of socks. I can’t wait to knit with it! yarn crush-3

As for the pattern, I do think I might attempt it at some point, but I’m not much of a clutch carrying gal, so this might take me some time to get to. I think the stitch pattern on the design would be beautiful on a pair of socks. Zooey immediately fell in love with the idea of a little purse with crystals on it, so perhaps she will be the future owner.

If you want to learn more about Yarn Crush, check out their site or their Ravelry group to see some of the things people have made with their lovely pairings. You can choose monthly or bimonthly plans ranging from 3-12 month commitments. Each month includes 100g of indie dyed yarn, coordinating patterns, and extra goodies. If you’re a yarn lover that adores surprises in the mail, this might be just the thing for you.

So, do you want to try a box of your own?! Just comment below and tell what you would most love to see in a yarn subscription box. I’ll keep comments open until Monday February 8th at 5pm and then I’ll choose a winner with a random number generator.


125 thoughts on “Yarn Crush review and a giveaway!

  1. I’d love to see the yarn and pattern for a feminine little shawlette in a subscription box! Not socks, there are enough patterns knocking around for those, and you can’t see the gorgeous yarn when it’s on your feet!

  2. This is my year to attempt socks. Would love to see yarn, needles and pattern for a simple pair, even in child’s size. I love kits as they provide incentive for me to complete.

  3. I love your clutch box. I’d love to see a nice scarf for a guy. I always have trouble finding the perfect gift for my husband. Thanks!

  4. Oh my gosh. I’ve entered many a giveaway, but this one looks like a fun surprise! I think I’d be most excited to see a non-traditional project (similar to the clutch), but I wouldn’t turn my nose up at a lightweight summer shawl.

  5. I would most love to see unique notions in a yarn subscription box. I’ve never seen a purse clasp that’s so pretty! Obviously I want yummy yarn in a subscription box, but I also like it for trying new tools 🙂

  6. I would love to see a shawl pattern with lace weight yarn in a subscription box. I’ve got a handle on socks, hats and scarves, but I’ve never tried a shawl and haven’t yet made the commitment to buy enough yarn for one.

  7. Indie dyed yarn sounds great , add an interesting pattern maybe some wool wash,stitch markers or needles.
    Love yarnie surprises

  8. I would love to make a shawl. Something guy related would be the best. I have a son in the army and I would love to surprise him with something that I was surprised with.

  9. A beautiful cowl! Something soft and lovely for around the neck sounds great! Would love to try a subscription box but I always shy away from actually ordering!

  10. Oh what a wonderful looking subscription!! I would be happy with any surprise with that kind of treasure; but if I had to chose I’d say a small color work project (say a hat, or kids mitts).

  11. I think i must subscribe to this box! too cool! I think a stole patter would be an awesome pattern for a box. Theres tons of shawl patterns and they’re beautiful but i never wear shawls, a stole like a rectangular version of a shawl…awesome.

  12. I’d love to see a) a skein of yarn in a beautiful colourway that I wouldn’t think of picking out for myself and b) stitch markers because I’m always losing.

  13. I love little notions like stitch markers etc in a box like that, though yarn-wise I go crazy for sock yarn. Even if it’s not used for my feet it’s so versatile!

  14. I would love to get a box with sock yarn and beads to make a shawl. And tips on how to get the darn beads on the yarn without using brute force!

  15. A surprise box of yarn goodness would make my day and let’s be real probably the week! How about patterns for fingerless gloves or a springtime sock pattern, perhaps add in some lovely stitch markers or sock needles and that would be a great box!

  16. I would love a basic intarsia pattern, maybe mittens or a hat. One of my knitting goals this year is to dip into some color work and a kit would be so much fun! Thanks!

  17. Thanks so much for the opportunity! I’d love to see a project bag in a cool, funky fabric to hold that wip made with the lovely yarn.

  18. I think I’d like the box to include things for the project itself – stitch markers, project bag, maybe a pen and highlighter for the pattern. As for the pattern, i’m in the mood for a shawl and I’ve yet to try beads.

  19. I would love a yarn subscription box that had multiple skeins so you could make a bigger project. I rarely make one-skein projects, but it would be nice to have the incentive to make socks!

  20. I love knitting notions, unusual patterns, and sock yarn especially! Thanks for the opportunity. I hadn’t heard of this particular company before.

  21. I’d love to see a quality I dyed yarn and some dyes to go along with it! It would be such fun to paint up my own skein.
    What a fun idea – I love the idea of a yarn subscription!

  22. I’m amazed at all of the variety in the boxes. I love that it could be anything from mitts to a clutch to a shawl. The surprise is the best part. Plus I generally reach for the same few colors of yarn all the time. It would be good to get out of my comfort zone.

  23. Over the holidays, I got back into knitting, big time, & would love to see a kit with an easy to follow pattern for a cute, slightly slouchy beanie.

  24. I would love to see more yarn in a subscription box. Yes the extras are fun but nothing makes you really happy squeal like seeing multiple skeins of pretty yarn!

  25. My preference would be for a thicker yarn and a pattern for something like a beanie or scarf. I have seen beautiful knitted and crocheted jewelry too, which would be cool to get instructions on.

  26. Oh my goodness! That yarn is what I’d like to see in a yarn box!!! So amazingly gorgeous. You know what pattern I immediately thought of when I saw that yarn? A Homespun House’s Foraging Mittens pattern. Oh my, that would be heaven! Of course, I think this yarn would look amazing in any pattern I bet!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Mini skeins and cute stitch markers… Flexible for all kinds of small projects. And stitch markers are always escaping!

  28. Gradient yarn! Perhaps one or two skeins with each box (depending on how often they are issued) and some small project options for each box that would work with each skein(s) or a larger project idea that you could build up to once you had the full spectrum.

  29. Looks like a gorgeous yarn. Small projects like shawls needing yarn over one or two months. If projects require large quantities of yarn and spread over too many months I would be bound to lose interest!

  30. The anticipation of something of a surprise coming in the mail is so awesome. I would love to try this yarn. A nice scarf or hat or maybe a shawl would be great. Where can you sign up for a package like this! I’m always looking for new ideas to make something.

  31. I think the whole point of surprises are that you don’t know. That being said, that yarn and pattern were so cute. I would love to knit something totally brand new and out of the “box” for me. Something like that clutch is so in my world random and charming.

  32. I love surprises, but have to admit I would never knit a purse.Unless of course someone else wanted it, then I would knit it for them because I love making different things. Personally, I’d love to see a funky hat or interesting sock pattern and yarn show up in my mailbox.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win 🙂

  33. I get stuck always knitting the same things, like socks or mitts, that I really would like the element of a surprise pattern and the yarn that would work with that pattern.

  34. i’m a sock yarn lover too for socks and shawls…but i’m a sucker for hand-dyed arans too….
    What i would love to be surprised by is a whole bunch of small skeins of different colors that go together beautifully and are a little out of the box combo wise- something for small color-work projects like fingerless gloves or socks. This looks like a great gift idea for a non stop knitter friend with a special birthday coming up.
    Thanks for the chance at this and for letting us know about it.

  35. Truthfully I wouldn’t even care what’s in the box (ok fine, I have a thing for buttery soft semisolid yarn), I just love getting mail!

  36. That yarn box is amazing! I’d adore that clutch but like you that yarn is much too nice and soft to not make something to wear. I think the clutch idea is a great one. Maybe a beaded shawl or a fancy hat would be nice too.

  37. What fun! I’m going to check out their site. Love the idea of indie yarn for sox, a cowl or shawl. Fun extras would be stitch markers, tape measures, etc.

  38. I would love to see an “Indulgence” box. It would contain yarn, pattern, chocolate, and wine all paired together. Wouldn’t that be fun!

  39. That yarn is so gorgeous! I love tonal yarns. My ideal box would include a yarn and booze pairing – I used to do my own beer and knitting pairings on my blog and both are near and dear to my heart 😀

  40. I’d love something out of the ordinary — little experiments. Fibers I’ve never used, out-there color combos, that kind of thing. Things I probably wouldn’t normally pick out myself, but would love to play with if they just showed up at my door. (But then, out-of-the-ordinary is kind of subjective, isn’t it?)

  41. I need a bag for tapestry needles, buttons, stitch markers and such. It is hard for me to keep up with tiny items. It would be great to do a lace or mesh with matching fabric. You can never find matching fabric. I knit a lace top in white just because I knew I could match white! A contrasting color could be epic too. Or a ribbon to run through knitting, how cool! Baby items often have a satin ribbon threaded through like on booties

  42. What a lovely giveaway! I love seeing single skein patterns that are a little special and not too forced (like those cropped tops at a huge gauge that one would never wear just so that it is still a one skein pattern). The clutch is perfect. Having the notions and all in the box is the icing on the cake.

  43. Such a lovely box! I like projects that are doable and really wearable — cabled hat pattern in worsted weight yarn, 1-skein semicircular shawlette pattern in a squishy cashmere/merino/silk blend, etc. I also like bookish themes!

  44. I think an all-sock club would be fun. Each month a different yarn and pattern you can use if you wish, or simply use a classic pattern you are already comfortable with. With so many fibers available and solid, tonal, striped, etc. yarns, it would be easy to keep it varied…

  45. Wow! First, thank you. I’d never heard of Yarn Crush before and will definitely check it out.
    Who doesn’t like a surprise? Sounds fabulous. As for the deliveries… anything really… Scarf, socks, fingerless gloves… beanies… A cowl!
    I’d have LOVED the clutch project. I’ve a visceral reaction to textiles. I’m overcome with joy for reasons that escape my familial relationships. They do however, reap the benefits and support my yarn habit. 🙂

  46. What an awesome idea! Natural fiber yarn with a fun hat or shawl pattern would be neat. It would also be cool to see some crochet jewelry kits, those have been getting more popular.

  47. I would like to see simple blanket patterns. I make blankets for our local cancer hospital. They are given out to people who are having chemotherapy treatments. I am always looking for patterns that will help cheer people.

  48. I’d love to win this box! I’ve been curious about Yarn Crush and the boxes they send out. This would be a perfect way to test one. I’d love to see some unique stitch markers and, of course, some gorgeous yarn — maybe something in a cotton blend for the upcoming warmer months.

  49. I would like to see something out of the ordinary, like a shawl design that reminds of Jane Austen stories…or a garment in general from a distant time!

  50. I’d like to see some patterns that are convertible and flexible. It would also be nice if subscription yarn boxes included 2 patterns, because, as you mentioned, we’re not all “clutch girls,” or “sock girls,” or “shawl girls”…

  51. The project you got is lovely–impractical but lovely. I would like to see slightly unusual projects or unusual/unique construction.

  52. It’s definitely a challenge to come up with something unique each month for a subscription box

    Socks, shawl, purses, perhaps something for the home?

    Definitely unique notions.

    Alpaca or something super soft is always a hit with me.

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  54. I love to see more little accessory projects like this one. Maybe cute fingerless mitts or a small object for the home. I have another yarn subscription and feel like I get a shawl or scarf every month. This purse is an adorable variance!

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